I became a model at age 34 and a size 8. Sure, it helped boost my confidence, but that doesn't mean I appreciate your unsolicited feedback about my body if I'm not at work.

Feb 23, 2014 at 11:00am | 311 comments

plus size
I see more and more people recoiling from the term "plus size" like it's a total slam. What's up with that?
looking good
Apparently, you can't possibly have real problems if you're attractive.
I showed the makeup artist my eye and she gave me the “Oh boy” look.

Jan 21, 2014 at 2:00pm | 134 comments

Also, if nobody ever said "manorexia" again I would be totally fine with that.

Jan 24, 2013 at 1:00pm | 123 comments

We're starting to normalize the appearance of plus-sized models in fashion as just a natural variation of human bodies, rather than something shocking and awful.
american apparel
Sometimes I go on to underwear sites and make up elaborate personal histories for the models. Just like Mark Twain did.
When people discover where I work, they often ask “Would you let your daughter become a topless model?"
Lipo and bottom aside, attributes are more or less God-given, not woman-made.

Mar 21, 2014 at 5:00pm | 96 comments

I've had eczema since I was 19. It sucks, and it never seems to go away. But here are a few tips for dealing with an obnoxiously persistent skin condition like mine.
body politics
And it's all Kate Upton's fault. Plus: a short art history tour of the feminine ideal. In photoshops.
Usually my imagination conjures up a narrative a lot like the one on the pilot episode of "Lost," where it’s a bit of a bumpy flight, then BAM! The back rips off and BAM! Half of us are dead. (I’m always in that half.)

Aug 24, 2012 at 12:00pm | 79 comments

male dancers
Our culture tends to focus on making women feel sexy, but in my world the guys get to be sexy and feel sexy -- and we are happy to spread that feeling around.
body image
The intentions behind this movement may be well-meaning, but we all know what the road to hell is paved with.
We still have a long way to go when it comes to equalizing racial issues in the fashion industry, but these fantastic campaigns show that we’re on the right track.
i-d magazine
A silver fox in her 40s, Kristen McMenamy is changing the rules of the game.